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A portent is a beautiful thing. Many people want their portraits to be captured or drawn. This is a collection of 32 quotes on portrait and portrait sayings.


It takes a long time for a man to look like his portrait. - James Whistler
Portraits are about revealing aspects of an individual. - Kehinde Wiley
A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk. - Charles Dickens
The reason some portraits don't look true to life is that some people make no effort to resemble their pictures. - Salvador DalĂ­
A portrait, to be a work of art, neither must nor may resemble the sitter... one must paint its atmosphere. - Umberto Boccioni
Nothing in a portrait is a matter of indifference. Gesture, grimace, clothing, decor even - all must combine to realize a character. - Charles Baudelaire
In a portrait, you always leave part of yourself behind. - Mary Ellen Mark
A portrait is a painting in which there is something wrong with the mouth. - E. Speicher
To sit for one's portrait is like being present at one's own creation. - Alexander Smith
A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. - Richard Avedon
The portrait is one of the most curious art forms. It demands special qualities in the artist, and an almost total kinship with the model. - Henri Matisse
Portraits are the most intimate photographs. The image will survive the subject. - Victor Skrebneski
The best portraits are those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature. - Thomas B. Macaulay
Eloquence is painted thought, and thus those who, after having painted it, add somewhat more, make a picture, not a portrait. - Blaise Pascal
A remarkably revealing portrait. - Byron York
A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth. - John Singer Sargent
An eloquent orgasm paints the most beautiful portrait of life. - Alan Maiccon
Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. - Matt Hardy
It's one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it's another thing to make a portrait of who they are. - Paul Caponigro
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. - Oscar Wilde
A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it. - Edward Steichen
The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions. - Marcus Tullius Cicero
Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself. - Samuel Butler
One is never satisfied with the portrait of a person that one knows. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To be Despair. It is a portrait. Only close your eyes and feel. - Neil Gaiman
A letter is the portrait of the soul. - Josephine de Beauharnais
A portrait is like an ornamental headstone. - Julie Klassen
The diagram of the house is a portrait of the family, a true portrait, whether it's sad or happy. - Jimenez Lai
Everything is autobiographical and everything is a portrait. - Lucian Freud
Self-portraits are a way of revealing something about oneself. - Eric Kandel
A Portrait of the artist as a young man is in fact the gestation of a soul. - Richard Ellmann
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